Invest in the District of Mackenzie

British Columbia, Canada

A hotbed of mining potential, forestry operations, and adventure tourism opportunities

Economic Development Contact

Diane Smith | Economic Development Officer
250-997-3221 | 

The town was named after the famous explorer Alexander Mackenzie, who camped near the townsite on his epic journey to the Pacific in 1793. The District of Mackenzie was virtually carved out of the wilderness in the mid 1960’s to service large pulp and lumber manufacturing facilities. Forest industry operations continue as the primary economic engine of Mackenzie.

Mackenzie lies at the southern end of Williston Lake, the largest man-made reservoir in British Columbia. Mackenzie is a recreational hub with natural and recreational trail systems in place that increase accessibility to the area’s outdoor recreation potential. Mackenzie’s wilderness setting brings residents and visitors alike into contact with the area’s diverse wildlife population. The natural wilderness provides great opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping, fishing, boating, skiing, golfing, wildlife viewing, and photography.

Aside from the astounding recreational opportunities, Mackenzie's location provides strategic access to a resource planning area larger than Vancouver Island (6,130,604 hectares). Excellent air, ground, rail and marine transportation links are the methods of access to a hot bed of forestry operations, mining prospects and adventure tourism potential. Currently, Mackenzie is home to several large industrial facilities including sawmill complexes, pulp mill, and finger jointing mill. Mackenzie is a modern community working to diversify its forest based economy and expand into viable secondary industries.

For new business prospects, the municipality boasts low land costs, low tax rates, and availability of power and water for industrial applications. Further, businesses may qualify for business incentives available from Northern Development Initiative Trust that have supported multi-million dollar investments in Mackenzie in the past number of years.

Local Infrastructure Projects

Community Economic Development Contact

Diane Smith
Economic Development Officer
District of Mackenzie

Community Contacts


Pat Crook
District of Mackenzie

Community Contact

Dean McKinley
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Mackenzie

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Janey Morgan
Mackenzie Chamber of Commerce

Community Futures Contact

Susan Stearns
Community Futures Fraser Fort George